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ROTC cadets found after getting lost

HONOLULU — Two visiting Army ROTC cadets were rescued after spending the night lost in a jungle warfare course in Wahiawa.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Army’s 25th Infantry Division spokesman, Lt. Col. Curt Kellogg, says the two college students became lost while participating Saturday in land navigation training in Schofield Barracks East Range.

The cadets were in the jungle operations training course, which is about 6 square miles in size and covered with dense vegetation.

The Army launched a search that included about 200 soldiers and Army vehicles and helicopters. Kellogg says Honolulu police and firefighters assisted in the search.

The Army searched overnight and into the morning until the two cadets were found Sunday at about 11 a.m.


Tour company to close on Big Island

HILO — A Hilo-based tour company has announced it’s closing due to the decline in tourism on the Big Island after the Kilauea eruption.

Jack’s Tours announced on its website earlier this week that its last day would be Tuesday.

The company said that the downturn in tourism has left it unable to continue operations, especially with no foreseeable improvement in the near future.

The company has been offering half-day volcano tours on the island for more than 50 years.

It also provided narrated tours and ground transportation services.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Aug. 9 would have been the company’s 53rd anniversary.


Fire strikes already flooded Kauai resort

LIHUE — A Hawaii beachfront resort already ravaged by flooding and landslides saw a fire destroy a single-story building on the property.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a fire Friday night destroyed a building at the Hanalei Colony Resort. Flooding and landslides in mid-April caused extensive damage to the property and throughout Kauai’s north shore following record rainfall.

Kauai County spokeswoman Kim Tamaoka says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Officials say one building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly before 8 p.m. Friday. The blaze was brought under control by 9:30 p.m.

It’s unclear how many units were destroyed.